Magdalena Gottschalk: The Slippery Slope
***** 2018 NYC Big Book Award Winner in Juvenile Fiction.
It has been months since Magdalena discovered her now hidden secret. She had hoped to realize her soul purpose on her thirteenth birthday. And, that she did. She has spent the past few months coming to grips with the realization that she is indeed, a witch. The Christmas holiday is days away, and her utmost favorite time of the year. Deciding to leave her recluse position at home, she ventured to the Lily Brooke town square to share in the singing, laughing, dancing, and holiday festivities.Sitting underneath the twinkling Christmas lights, in the newly-fallen snow, she sees Gabriel approaching. Her heart skipped a beat, as Gabriel is her childhood best friend. She hadn’t realized how much she missed him these past few months, while holed up in her bedroom for days.
After spending a much-needed evening with Gabriel, Magdalena agrees to go camping with the rest their friend group, the next evening. MALB, the Mystical Alliance of Lily Brooke, is their childhood secret club, made up of six, thirteen-year-old friends. They had grown up thinking they were the secret crime solvers of Lily Brooke. Needless to say, they hadn’t expected the real mystery that had fallen in their laps this past autumn. But, time heels, so Magdalena was excited to rally the gang back together.
The next evening, MALB roasted smores, told ghost stories by the light of the moon, and tucked themselves into their sleeping bags tightly, by the amber glow of the campfire. In the middle of the night, Magdalena awoke to the screeching sound of something awful. Realizing it was werewolves, and not wanting to bring any danger to her friends, she snuck off into the woods to deal with the problem alone. Not expecting the turn of events, Magdalena finds herself in desperate need of help.
Gabriel awakens and realizes his best friend is missing. The rest of MALB follows Magdalena’s foot-steps right up to the bank of the cliff. From here, the gang experiences the ride of a life time. The thrill and terror that awaits them as they try to find their best friend will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Magdalena Gottschalk: The Slippery Slope, is an epic fantasy fiction thriller written for middle grade ages up through adulthood. Excitement, suspense, intrigue, and demonic haunts await you as you turn the pages.
About M. Gail Grant (Atlanta, Georgia Author)
Writing has always been my underlying passion in life. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a formal minor in Sociology, as I felt understanding and studying human behavior on the individual and collective level, would apply to anything and everything I chose to do in life. Identified as being a strong writer for my age, at the time, I attended a summer literary writer's camp around age twelve. I flourished and loved every moment of my experience and it has stayed with me throughout adulthood.
The desire to write has always been an integral part of who I am and about eight months ago I decided my time is now. I have always been an avid reader of topics from intense young adult fantasy and thrillers to light hearted summer romances. In middle school summers, I used to stay up to the wee hours of the morning reading because I just couldn’t put the book down. This basic idea, not being able to put a book down, is the principal I have built on while writing my first novel. It has moments of ease, moments of intensity, moments of humor. I strive to offer some of my own personality in my writings. There is a time for sweetness, a time for seriousness, and always a time for kindness and life lessons. My style isn’t made up. It is simply who I am, on paper.
Melinda Gail resides in Canton, Georgia with her three daughters, husband of over twenty years, and two adorable fur babies. Surrounded by the north Georgia mountains, the scenery provides for inspirational settings for her novels. Being raised in the south, she brings a little southern flair and tradition to her characters all the while remembering the adventurous nature of middle grades to young adult age children. With a passion for the extraordinary and imagination, Melinda hopes you enter a world of fantasy as you see life through the eyes of the characters.